BC Farm Industry Review Board
The B.C. Farm Industry Review Board (BCFIRB) is an independent administrative tribunal that operates at arm's length from government. Read more about administrative tribunals.
What Does BCFIRB Do?
BCFIRB’s statutory mandates include hearing appeals and complaints as well as supervising B.C.’s regulated agricultural commodity boards and commissions.
BCFIRB's responsibilities are established in:
- The Natural Products Marketing (B.C.) Act
- The Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act
- The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act
- The Administrative Tribunals Act
BCFIRB's responsibilities include:
- General supervision of B.C.'s agricultural commodity boards
- Being a signatory to formal federal-provincial cooperation agreements in regulated marketing
- Conducting farm practices studies
- Hearing appeals of agricultural commodity board decisions
- Hearing appeals related to certain BCSPCA animal custody decisions
- Hearing farm practices complaints from persons disturbed by odour, noise, dust or other disturbances arising from agriculture or certain aquaculture operations
Where it is suitable, BCFIRB promotes early dispute resolution through mediation, facilitation or other processes.
BCFIRB decisions are final and conclusive but may be judicially reviewed by, or appealed to, the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
BCFIRB processes and procedures can be reviewed by B.C.'s Office of the Ombudsperson, providing an additional layer of accountability.
BCFIRB, as an administrative tribunal, is responsible for hearing complaints from persons aggrieved by odour, noise, dust or other disturbances arising from agriculture and certain aquaculture operations.
- Read more about BCFIRB's roles in relation to farm practices
- Read more about how to file a complaint
Other useful references:
- Read more about the “Agri-tourism” and complaints under the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act (FPPA) (PDF) - November 1, 2016
- Read more about Aquaculture and the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act (PDF) March 1, 2017
Governance is about the structures and processes an organization uses to provide direction, control, and accountability in their day-to-day operations. Good governance helps organizations to effectively meet their mandate, goals, and objectives.
BCFIRB has its own governance structures and processes.
- Learn more about BCFIRB’s governance approach
In 2018, BCFIRB initiated the Public Accountability and Reporting Project.
- Learn more about the Public Accountability and Reporting Project
If you have a concern about BCFIRB's practices and/or services, you can file a complaint with the B.C. Ombudsperson. Concerns can include things like lengthy delays, rudeness, negligence, arbitrariness, oppressive behaviour or unlawfulness.
The B.C. Ombudsperson is an independent Officer of the Legislature who upholds the principles of openness, transparency, and accountability. The role of the Ombudsperson is to ensure that every person in B.C. is treated fairly by government bodies.
After investigating a complaint, the Ombudsperson can, when appropriate, recommend changes for resolving an unfair situation. However, the Ombudsperson does not have the authority to order changes to BCFIRB processes, policies or decisions.
- Learn more about the B.C. Office of the Ombudsperson.
- 2019 BCFIRB PARP Summary Report
- BCFIRB 2018/19 BCFIRB Annual Report (PDF)
- BCFIRB 2017/18 BCFIRB Annual Report (PDF)
- BCFIRB Looking Back at 75 Years (PDF)
BCFIRB's mandates are set out in the following legislation:
- Natural Products Marketing (BC) Act (NPMA)
- Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCAA)
- Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act (FPPA)
BCFIRB's functions are also subject to the Administration Tribunal Act (ATA).